WARNING: This book mentions a case of sexual abuse. There are attempted rape scenes and a deranged serial killer.
Ever since the death of her parents at the age of 17, Cassie has been dreaming about a dark haired man. He always appears to her in her dreams in times of trouble to comfort her and help her through the toughest of days. But now after the devastating break up with her boyfriend of 6years, Cassie struggles with separating reality from her dreams.
During a trip to her family beach house her dream man becomes her lover and Cassie finds herself longing for this man to be in her life. But once confronted he starts to back away and tries to convince her that he is not really the wonderful person she believes him to be, but a monster that she would shy away from if she ever saw him for who he truly was.
Outside of the human subconscious his true form is a Vampire that survives on the blood of human beings. Despicable humans but humans all the same. He tries to only drink from evil men in the process of saving an innocent life, but to do this must wait until the victim is unconscious or near death. Otherwise they would see him in his true form and be terrified.
Nicknamed "The Ghost" he seemingly gets in and out through locked doors and windows leaving no trace of ever being there except for the dismembered bodies of the assailants he leaves behind. The bodies are literally ripped apart and drained of blood leaving a macabre scene for police. They have not had a single clue to go on over the last 20years except for the recurring descriptions of a dark haired hero who swoops in at the brink of death to save a woman about to be raped or murdered.
The only way to break the curse and appear human is for a human woman to fall in love with him - the real him and he knows this would be impossible. As he sadly backs away from Cassie she starts to put two and two together and suspects him of being "The Ghost." But while researching him finds out a few home truths about herself which leaves her questioning her very existence and sanity. Faced with her own terrifying ordeal she prays she is right about her lover and that he can save her before it is too late.